Established in 1971, the Department of Community Medicine and Health Care is a basic science department within the UConn School of Medicine. The department serves the School of Medicine as the academic home of faculty in the social, behavioral, and public health sciences as well as health law and medical ethics. It consists of 11 full-time faculty, 7 affiliated faculty, 3 emeritus professors, 3 part-time faculty and over 25 support staff. More than 70 adjunct faculty have clinical and M.P.H. teaching appointments. Two senior faculty (Babor and Chapman) hold endowed chairs in public health and medical humanities, respectively.
The department is the home to the M.P.H. and Ph.D. graduate programs in Public Health. With a current research portfolio representing a total funding commitment of approximately $10 million, the department’s research covers cancer epidemiology, substance use disorders, health services evaluation, health law and ethics, health behavior, public health dentistry, HIV/AIDS, and global health.
The mission of the department is to provide education, research, and service to the University and the State of Connecticut and the global public health community. The department offers educational opportunities for individuals pursuing careers in the patient-care professions, public health and the biomedical sciences. The department’s teaching activities and research programs have four interrelated goals:
- Provide educational opportunities for Connecticut residents pursuing careers in public health, medicine, and dental medicine.
- Advance knowledge through epidemiological, clinical, ethical, legal, behavioral, and social research.
- Develop and evaluate innovative health-care services and prevention programs; and
- Assist health care and public health professionals improve their effectiveness through consultation and continuing education programs.
Community Medicine and Health Care’s offices are located at the Exchange office complex. The Exchange, a unique three-story, wood post and beam structure consisting of four interconnected office buildings is situated in a wooded northeast section of Farmington along Farmington Avenue (Route 4) approximately one mile from the Route 4 exit of Interstate 84 and directly across the street from the UConn Health campus and John Dempsey Hospital. The department’s main office, the majority of its divisions, and most faculty and staff offices are located in building four, suite 260. The physical infrastructure of the department consists of 12,798 square feet of offices and open space. The suite includes 19 faculty offices, as well as office and open floor plan space for research assistants and administrative staff. Space is also allocated for document storage, a computer laboratory, a shared office for postdoctoral fellows, as well as significant amounts of space designated to store personnel, project and grant files. Additionally, the department encompasses a large classroom or conference room that can be used for seminars, departmental meetings and other functions, two smaller conference rooms, and a kitchen. These facilities are available to other departments by reservation.
The Department of Community Medicine and Health Care maintains a computer laboratory in its offices at the Exchange. The computers are outfitted with the latest statistical and research software including SPSS and SAS as well as the Microsoft Office suite of programs. Scanners, color printers, and Internet access are also available for research and educational activities. The computer lab may be used by departmental faculty and staff and public health students. Users must have a UConn Health login to access the UConn Health computer network. The lab is open during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Conference and Meeting Rooms
Within the department’s main suite are two conference rooms and one smaller meeting room which are used by department members for meetings and appointments. All conference and meeting rooms are equipped with wired data ports to the UConn Health computer network. The large conference room includes audiovisual equipment, a networked desktop computer and projector plus conference phone. The smaller conference room seats 12 and is equipped with a networked laptop, projector and telephone connection to facilitate conference calls. The meeting room accommodates four to six people and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Department members can reserve the two conference rooms electronically through Microsoft® Outlook’s resource scheduling capabilities.